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Socialization through driver education begins at a tender age in Phoenix.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor: Chevrolet Division, General Motors Corporation
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Car culture: Children; Automobiles: Advertising; Phoenix, Arizona
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Better than "Queen for a Day" - Then again, what isn't?
Why does everyone seem to think every f***ing film of the 1940s and 1950s was secretly mind control aimed at the youths of America? (Yes, I realise the irony of my posting this considering how much I f***ing hate review's of other people's reviews)
The film itself has excellent footage of 1950s childrens fashions worn at school and stuff. It has good narration and no use of the phase "Doggie Yum Yums". Though I would have preferred more footage of actual cars of the time. The children in this film are obnoxiously cute in a good way. We have one major problem in this film, and that's the lack of refrigerators. It's a scientifically proven fact that all 1950s films are improved by footage of refrigerators.
Subject: Excellent little educational film
"Tomorrow's Drivers" is an excellent 1954 film about teaching youngsters at a very early age how to become safe drivers. The idea was interesting, and the film covered the topic very well. Excelent photography and narration.
Subject: If only
If only the drivers in Phoenix today were half as good as these little kids were in 1954!
Subject: You're never too young
Interesting film narrated by Jimmy Stewart about
a program in Phoenix to educate youngsters about good driving habits, starting in the first grade!
I was a first-grader in 1954, which means all those adorable little kids are now, like me, elderly coots!
Subject: Attitude School, Graduate
Ah yes, there's nothing more knowledge-rich and informative to the budding driver-of-tomorrow than having a uniformed police officer, performing a "Safety Magic Show," all while pulling silks from a bag.
Each year the show is "more wondrous?"
Gee, I suppose the put-on wasn't identical to the beaten-to-death “illusions" presented for generations, prior.
Yet, the kiddies do learn, "the big man in the blue uniform is their friend!!" (It'll be years later when the small-fries become aware that the badged-freak desires nothing more than to use anything those tiny-gifts-from-God say against them.)
And what better message could be delivered to tiny ears than the one that blurts, "Laws are written not to restrain but to protect!" Which is a valuable lesson to attempt passing-off as reality. Otherwise the tots might come to the knowledge that legislators - who were certainly dateless in highschool and who are currently involved in sickly marriages - wrote the spiteful, inane laws from twisted anger.
Subject: historic footage galore!!!!!!!
this film is jam-packed (no pun intended) with historic footage.fashion, landscape, classrooms, this film is simply packed with historic footage, and is worth downloading for that fact alone.it's somewhat boring at times, but it still manages to entertain.
Subject: Attitude schooling... Not a song by Carly Simon!
First off, as this film opens, check out the 2nd kid from the right. CLASSIC ÂduhÂ look.
Alright, anyways, this film is all about the education one can get to learn how to drive. From kindergarten, where thereÂs magic tricks from policemen to musical chairs with a law abiding slant. Then, a little bit later, the kids get to drive! But wait a minute! These cars are all miniaturized! They get to drive around in a miniature driving course! The kids all take turns, alternating between driving and being pedestrians, cops, or heck riding farm equipment on the roads, lol. Soon after all of this training, youÂd expect the kids to be expert drivers right? Well, in case youÂre NOT, well then youÂre hauled to ÂAttitude schoolÂ (again, look at the students at the very beginning of this scene.. they look bored as heck). Anyways, they all get to do fun little science center exhibits related to driving AND get to go out with a cop on his beat! Man, I wanna go to that school as well! This is all narrated by Jimmy Stewart by the way, in his Âjust us folksÂ voice. A very classic bit of film euphemera, and is highly recommended!
Christine Hennig -
Subject: Tomorrow's Drivers
This film portrays a unique driver's education program in the Phoenix, Arizona schools, where, it seems, driver's ed is considered to be the most important subject of all. Driver's ed starts in kindergarten, where the usual kiddie games are altered to teach traffic safety rules. In first grade, the kids play with toy cars, following a dizzying array of rules, and later in elementary school they are each assigned their own personal pedal car, which they drive on miniature streets with miniature traffic signs and real traffic. Violaters of rules are given tickets by kid traffic cops, and repeat offenders get their licenses suspeded. All this is supposed to create more responsible teen drivers when the kids finally reach 16. I guess it doesn't work too well, because they also show us in detail an "attitude class" juvenile traffic offenders must attend. This is a curious filmÃÂÃÂone wonders how long this program actually lasted. I don't need to tell you the film is narrated by Jimmy StewartÃÂÃÂyou can't miss that voice.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****. Also available on The Educational Archives, Vol. 3: Driver's Ed.